Tag: Wisconsin

Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder […]

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Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin, Authorities Say

A teenage girl who went missing from the house where her parents were killed has been found, the authorities said on Thursday night, three months after her disappearance rattled a small town in Wisconsin and prompted a large-scale manhunt. A suspect has been taken into custody. Jayme Closs, 13, was […]

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Police: Babysitter Accused of Killing Infant Tried to Hide Death from Mother

A Wisconsin babysitter accused of killing a two-month-old boy allegedly tried to hide the infant’s death from his mother by dressing him and propping his body up in a car seat, police said. Authorities charged Marissa Tietsort, 28, of Wausau, with first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the child’s death, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. The […]

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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses — many […]

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Wisconsin Power Struggle Appears Bound for Court, Long Favorable to Republicans

Wisconsin’s judiciary, officially nonpartisan, has been marred in recent years by political intrigue, divisive elections and even accusations of one judge placing another in a chokehold. Now it may be what decides the fate of the outgoing governor’s new laws to limit the power of his successor. “There will be […]

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Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a […]

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Behind G.O.P. Power Play in Midwest: Fear of Losing a Gerrymandered Advantage

LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan Republicans began moving legislation last week to limit the power of newly elected Democratic officials, some liberal activists shouted “shame!” through the Capitol rotunda while others trailed legislators with boom microphones, live-streaming their interactions online to make them uncomfortable. But if many on the left […]

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The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab

Walgreens portrays itself as the friendly neighborhood drugstore. It gives flu shots to children, helps communities after storms, donates to charity — and makes feel-good advertisements trumpeting its various good deeds. But Walgreens also has a tougher side, one you won’t see in those ads. To protect a tax break, […]

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Behind the Scenes in Wisconsin: A Republican Power Play, Months in the Making

MADISON, Wis. — Last spring, after Wisconsin Democrats seized a state legislative seat long held by Republicans and sent a liberal justice to the State Supreme Court, Republicans began to worry. Gov. Scott Walker, preparing to seek a third term, warned his fellow Republicans on Twitter of the “risk of […]

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GOP Lawmakers in Wisconsin Rig the Game Against Incoming Elected Democrats Who Won Fair and Square

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol March 1, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) What’s happening in Wisconsin right now should be criminal. Republican lawmakers in the state passed legislation Wednesday that limits the power […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Incoming Democratic Governor

MADISON, Wis. — After a rancorous, sleepless night of debate, Republican lawmakers early Wednesday pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Wisconsin’s incoming governor, a Democrat. The legislation, which Democrats vehemently opposed and protesters chanted their anger over, passed through the Republican-held State Legislature […]

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The GOP’s Laboratories of Oligarchy

In the classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, the titular characters occasionally play a game known as “Calvinball.” The rules are simple: Hobbes makes them up as he goes. In one strip, the imaginary stuffed tiger declares mid-game that Calvin has entered an “invisible sector” and must cover his eyes […]

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Wisconsin Is About to Make a Huge Mistake

Late Friday afternoon, less than a month after a Democrat, Tony Evers, defeated Scott Walker, the incumbent Republican governor, Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, followed through on his threat to strip the new governor of some of his power. That day, an assembly committee released […]

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America’s big box stores sucked up corporate welfare and killed Main Street — now they’re ducking property tax

For a generation, big box stores have swept across America, using predatory pricing and other dirty tricks to kill the independent retail sector; they used their corporate lobbying muscle to tempt cities and towns into handing out massive corporate welfare checks to lure them to town, and now, with the help of hustling contingency […]

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The Backlash to the GOP’s Union-Bashing Has Begun in Earnest

Has the Republican Party’s grand experiment in union-busting finally come to an end? Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, rose to national prominence in 2011 when he passed a landmark bill dealing a blow to unions in the state and across the country. With Act 10, Walker stripped public […]

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Wisconsin Boys Take Prom Photo Giving Nazi Salute; Internets Enraged

Members of Wisconsin’s Baraboo High School Class of 2019.Screenshot: Twitter A prom photo of future policymakers from Wisconsin’s Baraboo High School Class of 2019 appears to show most of the boys, minus the one black kid on the far right, (look hard, he’s in there) giving a Nazi salute. (Editor’s […]

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How Did the Democrats Do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump Country?

They were the states that broke Democratic hearts the last time — and the ones where any political comeback would have to begin. So how did the Democrats do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump country? They won. They also lost. And both experiences are instructive for the party’s future. This […]

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Scott Walker Thought He Could Get Away With Corporate Welfare

Scott Walker thought he had cracked the code. “You divide and conquer,” he famously told a major right-wing donor, days before beginning his first term as Wisconsin’s governor. If he could break the public employee unions, who funded Democratic candidates in his state, Republicans would never lose an election again. […]

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